In this forum, I want to pluck your brains.
I write a fair bit on changing management patterns. This includes the use of technology, the organisation of work and changes in perceptions, structures and roles. One of the interesting questions here is just when particular approaches affected particular workplaces.
Remember the telex? While this dates back to 1926, it really exploded during the 1970s. Like the telex, the fax has a longish history, actually predating the telephone. In 1964, the Xerox Corporation developed the first commercial fax machine. By the late 1970s, a number of models were available. By the early 1980s, fax was fast replacing telex.
These are technology examples. If we look at organisational examples, consider the emergence of the executive, While the idea of boards or executive committees has a very long history indeed, the mass spread of the idea of the executive as a form of governance is quite recent, especially in the public sector. It links to what we now call corporatist models.
I come now to my questions to you. If you look at your working life, what are the really big changes and when did you first become aware of them? Feel free to go in any direction you like. I’m just interested in what you have to say.